Floating Corpses on Lake Mead
Author: Timothy Tin
Translator: Mandy Kwan
Due to a global warming trend, Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the US, has a water level at 27% of its capacity, the lowest ever recorded since 1937 due to unusual drought conditions. Because of the receding water level, many corpses have been discovered! On May 1st, the police discovered a gun homicide victim possibly in the 1970’s or 80’s that was abandoned in a barrel and discarded in the lake. This Nevada lake has a surface area of over 600 square kilometers. Not only does it provide water for 25 million people, agriculture, but also the tourism industry nearby depends on it. The discovery of corpses certainly is shocking, but on July 1st a WWII era Higgins landing craft emerged as the water level shrank in Lake Mead! Experts predict there were possibly 300 people who perished in the lake, and can only guess how many more corpses will be found in the future!
The news above reveals an obvious truth: Hidden things will eventually be exposed, and whatever evil that lurks beneath the surface will be revealed someday! Two thousand years ago, Jesus said: “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” (Luke 12:2-3) Why would Jesus say this? It’s because all will face the judgment of God when they die, and any deed done during one’s lifetime will be revealed. It’s like every act will leave an imprint on our soul, and when death comes all will be exposed–just like all your information is stored in a cloud. Why does Jesus judge us? What standard does He base on? And what is the result of the judgement?
We can answer these questions based on the Lake Mead news. Offenders might think they are free from the law’s consequences if the crime’s evidence is hidden. There are laws in every country and every society. Everyone obeys and abides by it. It is expected that people are guided by conscience and morality. So even after evidence is hidden, once it surfaces, the suspect will be persecuted. The Bible says: “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life… and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”John 5:24, 29
Dear friend, are you righteous or evil or both? How do you know you are righteous before the eyes of God? You might think that you are a decent person who has not committed serious crimes and you should be able to go to heaven, but the Bible says:
“Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”1 John 3:15
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”Matthew 5:22
“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”Matthew 5:28
Can you say that you have no inkling of evil or selfish thoughts in your life?
According to our human nature, no one meets the standard of God. Therefore we need God’s grace and forgiveness. Confess your sins and accept his salvation. Plant a seed of righteousness in your soul, so that on judgment day you will be saved! God had sent His only son to die for our sins so we can escape the wrath we deserve. He made a way for those who confess and trust in Him.
Do you want to follow the holy, kind, and righteous God? Then pray the following: Dear heavenly father, I know that nothing can be hidden from you. All my deeds in this lifetime will not escape your judgment. Please forgive my trespasses and I want to accept Jesus and receive eternal life. I want to follow your will. I pray this sincerely in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Author: Pastor of Christian Alliance Bible Church in Los Angeles, CA